According to the Education Industry Association, the demand for tutoring has increased 15-18% in the past year, compared to singe-digit growth previously. As a result the number of tutors has also increased dramatically. Before entrusting your child’s academic future to someone, it is important to ensure that person is the best qualified and will personalize the tutoring to fit the child’s individual needs.

  1. Make sure the instructor is licensed or certified. Teachers will need the proper qualifications to assess, diagnose and tutor to a child’s weakness.
  2. Look for an instructor with experience teaching children the same age as your child.
  3. Request an assessment. An individualized analysis of a student’s strengths and weaknesses can determine a child’s unique needs and help set goals. Also, insist on progress updates as a child passes through each step of the learning program.
  4. Define your goals. Are you trying to keep your child from failing? Are you looking to challenge a child who is already doing well in school? Be sure your child’s instructor understands your objective and is skilled enough to meet it.
  5. Find an instructor with specific expertise in the subject of your choosing. Just because somoene is a math genuis, it does not mean he is qualified to teach other subjects.
  6. Make a personality match. Determine what kind of teacher the student has excelled with previously.
  7. Ask teachers how they will help your child master a specific skill. A good instructor will require that a child learn a specifci skill before advancing to the next academic level. Find a teacher who will work with parents and teachers to create an individucal program.
  8. Obtain recommendations for instructors from family and friends.
  9. Ask prospective instructors for references from previous employers and students or hire a respected supplemtental education company that has a proven record of academic success.

As the Center Director, Sue Harding handles the day to day operations of the learning center such as meeting with new families and reaching out to the education community in the Tri-Valley. She has a wealth of experience in education as a classroom English teacher and as home teaching District Liaison for Livermore Valley JUSD for many years. Prior to joining Sylvan Learning Sue ran her own SAT Prep and College Advising business. She is a wonderful resource for our families as they look for supplemental education. Sue really enjoys working with the kids and you may occasionally see her teaching at a table.